Thursday, July 24, 2014


For way too many years, I’ve been very hesitant to do water coloring . . . . one might even say I was a watercolor wuss.  Happily, all that has changed.  At the time of this writing, Online Card Classes has just finished up their best class ever (they’ve all been superb!) and I am busily playing with the astounding number of techniques I learned in the “Watercolor for Card Makers” class. This one involved the use of a stencil . . .

Using a stencil with a lot of open space, draw around the inside of the openings with a watercolor pencil.  Remove the stencil and smoosh two or three colors of Distress inks on an acrylic block, keeping the colors separate.  Then use a water brush or a slightly wet paintbrush to pick up a color and fill in the design.  Alternate between applying color or using just water.  Let dry and add more color for shading – which is a lot easier to do than I had thought.  It’s that second application of paint that really makes colors sing!

With two weeks of classes and three or four videos a day showing wonderfully do-able techniques, I am an utterly reformed former watercolor wuss and I feel absolutely fearless.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go try another technique . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Grape, Cheddar, watercolor paper
Stamps:        100 Proof Press “Wonderful”, CC Rubber Stamps Fibers       
Inks:               Distress Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed,
                          Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White
Pencils:         Intense Watercolor Pencils Felt Green, Iris Blue,
                           Red Violet, Sicilian Yellow
Dies:              Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large,
                          Spellbinders Fanciful Flight
Doo Dads:    Americana Jacobean Floral stencil, Queen & Co
                          Grass Green Rox, Gelly Roll Clear Star pen

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